Just binge watch Netflix’s show Never Have I Ever and you will know who Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is if you don’t know her. The Canadian actress who is just 18 years old plays the character of Devi who is a first-generation South- Asian – American teenage girl who is indulged in her adolescent struggles.
Never Have I Ever Releases on 27th April
Ramakrishnan is debuting on the show which releases on April 27. She had plans that she would attend university and get a degree in theatre. But it seems that life had other plans for her as Mindy Kaling had put out a call for casting for her new show on the social networking sites.
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi
She was selected by beating 15000 actresses to get the lead role. Ramakrishnan told that “I was so shocked, “First of all, I’m like, ‘Mindy Kaling is calling me?’
It wasn’t that I got an email saying it, or a contract, I just have them calling me on the phone to tell me. So, that was pretty amazing.
“Ramakrishnan was extremely excited after having seen The Office to work alongside Kaling. She told me that “I became a fan of Mindy Kaling when I found out that she wrote so many episodes of The Office, which is my favorite TV show, I’ve always really looked up to her because she wears so many hats.
She does so many things, has so many skills, and really knows how to own her space and make a mark. It was really cool meeting her and then being able to work with her.
Because you realize that she’s so successful and has such strong skills, but she’s a grounded person and so just down to earth and actually creates an amazing environment for actors to play, try new things, and feel respected.”
Her aim is that her role should inspire even more representation of character like hers in Hollywood “I’m over the moon to be able to be a part of, some could say even, history-making productions of creating space for different roles of ethnicities, sexualities, and whatever identities come in between, We’re far from an end goal of what that means, but it’s nice to know that I’m able to be a part of this journey and keep pushing it forward.”